To be the "no compromise" device MS is shooting for, it has to have a 9 hour battery and weigh <1.5 lbs. It's really a useless tablet otherwise. It would be nice if they could get rid of the fan, but that may be asking for too much. Of course, by the time they hit these specs, the ARM tablets will presumably be <1lbs and have 15 hour battery life. So it will be still be compromised.
Originally Posted by Sam Posten
The thing is, the reality of them just doesn't match the hype yet for me. It will get there tho, it's going to take a few generations.
It's very clear that Surface Pro is a non-starter as a tablet because of physical specs, but it fails on the software side too. It does not have the breadth of touch apps that make for a good tablet, and legacy apps are difficult to impossible to use without a keyboard and pointing device because of the resolution scaling and tiny touch targets. Many of the popular mobile apps are simply not there.
It fares better as an ultrabook/MBA replacement, but it's a bit too small while the type cover/kickstand combo impairs you from using it on your lap and forces you to a single screen angle. If I needed an ultrabook/MBA replacement, I'd reach for the Yoga over this. Then again, I don't need anything like this because I use my Transformer Prime and RDP to accomplish any desktop computing.
And while they reportedly sold out all of the Surface Pro stock, that was almost certainly due to artificially constrained supply. No one outside of MS fandom is taking the "sold out" status with anything more than a grain of salt. Note that Surface RT was "sold out" as well, and you see how well that performed. Let's see how soon they get it back in stock. If it's less than a week, it's obviously artificial. It took Apple and Google weeks to resupply their flagship phones because they actually sold out.